MercedesF1 boss Toto Wolff has warned the sport’s new owners at Liberty Media not to interfere too much with the way the fans want the show to run.
In an attempt to bring in new audiences to the pinnacle of Motorsport, changes will be made from the way former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, did things, however Wolff has warned that while trying to bring new fans on board can only be a positive, they have to make sure they don’t turn away the millions of long term fans they already have.
"I think we need to acknowledge that Formula 1 is a technical sport, so it will always polarise," he said on the team’s official website. "There are people who will say that they hate it and others will say that they love it. That is OK. But one thing is for sure - we shouldn't make it a beta test."
"We shouldn't mess with our loyal fans and our audiences by implementing rules and regulations that we haven't assessed properly. We should use data in a scientific approach and see what works in other sports and other entertainment platforms, then combine that with the great strengths and assets of Formula 1."
New Motorsport Director, Ross Brawn, believes the part of the answer lies in simplifying the sport to make it easier for the fans to understand.
“I think simplicity is a key objective for the future," he told the BBC. "I’ve watched F1 for the last few years as a spectator, and there are times where even I haven’t been sure what’s been going on in the race.”
Just how he plans to make that happen is still to be seen…